Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes with Real Potatoes are so easy and good. From scratch with real fresh potatoes, no frozen potatoes here. An excellent side dish for any meal.
This simple crockpot cheesy potatoes recipe features real raw potatoes with only 4 ingredients plus salt and pepper. No need for a can of cream of mushroom or chicken soup.
This recipe is easy to make with step-by-step photo instructions. And has a much better texture due to the real potatoes and not overcooking the dairy products.
Don't use the oven space you need for other holiday dishes like Thanksgiving and Christmas. It pairs perfectly with holiday meals like a Ribeye Roast Easter ham or Oven Roasted Turkey Breast.
It is also the perfect side dish for many comfort food meals like Old Fashioned Meatloaf, Seared and Baked Pork Chops, Baked Boneless Pork Ribs, or Crock Pot French Dip with Au Jus.
I based this on our old family recipe Old Fashion Cheesy Potato Casserole, reserved for special occasions since it is too much work. Another recipe popular with low-carb and keto diet visitors, Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole, is also based on that recipe.
Potatoes—raw, usually Russet potatoes, but other potatoes will work.
Cheese—sharp cheddar cheese preferred
Salt and pepper
👨🍳How to make crock pot cheesy potatoes with real potatoes
- Peeling and cubing potatoes.
- Spread evenly in the bottom of a large crock pot coated with PAM cooking spray.
- Cook on high for about two hours until an internal temperature of 190°.
- Mash the potatoes in the crock pot.
- Clean and slice green onions.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the sliced green onion, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon (if using.)
- Mix until combined, then smooth over the bottom of the crock pot.
- Cook for 30 minutes more on high.
Yes, but here are definite taste and texture issues. It is okay with frozen hash browns, but it is fantastic cooking fresh potatoes.
A large crock pot is best, but a 3-quart one will work. The thicker the contents, the longer the cooking time. With the one-inch cubes, it is best to keep them as one layer. If you need more than one layer, stir the potatoes ` one hour into cooking.
If you need to use a smaller crock pot or increase the recipe size, check the cooked potatoes' temperature before mixing. It needs to be 190° or more.
Good refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for 3 months.
To reheat, thaw if frozen, then reheat in the microwave or oven.
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🖼️Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Peel and cube about 1 pound of potatoes—two large or three medium russet potatoes. Make the cubes about 1-inch size or smaller.
Coat a large crock pot with PAM cooking spray. You can use a smaller crock pot of down to 3-quart.
Spread evenly and cook on high for about two hours. If you have more than 1 layer, stir 1 hour into cooking. You want an internal temperature of 190° or more for the potatoes.
Mash the potatoes in the crock pot. Leave a little texture.
Clean and slice six green onions.
Add 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. Add the sliced green onion, 1 cup of sour cream, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Add cooked bacon or other things at this point. Mix until combined, then smooth over the bottom of the crock pot.
Cook for 30 minutes more on high.
Crock Pot Cheesy Potatoes from Real Potatoes
- 1 pound potatoes - peeled
- 6 green onions
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
- 2-3 strips cooked bacon - optional
- Peel and cube about 1 pound of potatoes—two large or three medium russet potatoes. Make the cubes about 1-inch size or smaller.
- Coat a large crock pot with PAM cooking spray. You can use a smaller crock pot of down to 3-quart.
- Spread evenly and cook on high for about two hours. If you have more than 1 layer, stir 1 hour into cooking. You want an internal temperature of 190° or more for the potatoes.
- Mash the potatoes in the crock pot. Leave a little texture.
- Clean and slice six green onions.
- Sprinkle with one teaspoon of coarse salt and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. Add the sliced green onion, 1 cup of sour cream, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Add cooked bacon or other things at this point. Mix until combined, then smooth over the bottom of the crock pot.
- Cook for 30 minutes more on high.
Your Own Private Notes
- Using a large crockpot to lower the potatoes' thickness will help more even cooking.
- Use the potatoes you want.
- Cook the potatoes to 190° or more. It may take longer if you need to pile up the potatoes. Also, crock pots can vary, so the potatoes must be fully cooked before mashing. It may take longer than 2 hours.
- If you have more than one layer of potatoes, occasionally stir to help even out the cooking.
- Add 3 strips of cooked chopped-up bacon with the sour cream if you want.
- You can easily use different cheese or add other seasonings.
- Good refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for 3-4 months.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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Editors Note: Originally Published July 6, 2014. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, and a table of contents to help navigation.
I made this as a breakfast potato dish so I cubed potatoes small. I didn't mash. It cooked faster so I just kept checking it. Awesome! I will also make these for a dinner side dish as the recipe says but adding ranch seasoning mix. THIS IS A KEEPER!
Welcome to the blog.
This is a somewhat odd recipe but I do like it since it is so simple. Thanks for your take on it.
I can't speak for larger quantities, but doubling the recipe works just great!
Welcome to the blog.
Thanks for the report. I'm sure it will help some.
Hi, it sounds & looks delicious. Will I be able to triple or quadruple the recipe for a large family dinner. I would of course use my large crockpot, ( I have 4).
I have not tried it.
My worry would be the direct contact of the potatoes with the bottom of the crock pot may be necessary plus getting up to temp after the mixing.
So I have my doubts. I would do the reference oven recipe for large groups. https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/chessy-potatoes/
I also found your site searching for baked crispy chicken thighs, and I've already bookmarked at least ten recipes. Love your blog!
Found your site by searching for crispy baked chicken thighs then saw the top 10 for 2014 and saw these potatoes- outstanding! tastes like the guts of a twice baked potato. pinned it and will be making often. so easy. thank you :)
Thanks for the note. It is a great side dish.
I loved this recipe!!!!! Thanks :)
I know this is probably supposed to be a side dish but I think I'd like to just eat a bowl of this by itself! It looks cheesy and delish.
Do u need to put In any water or anything during step two to actually cook the potatoes?
Nope... just a spray of PAM to prevent sticking then the raw potatoes go in. Spread them evenly across the bottom and cook on high for 2 hours. They will cook just fine. I believe in simple...
Tried it. Loved it. Can't wait to make it again!
This looks great! I cannot wait to try this.
Thanks for the note.